The fashion spotlight shined on Los Angeles this week, giving West Coast designers the perfect stage for their imaginations — sophisticated ladies, Latin lovelies, incurable flirts and so much more.
David Cardona: While being young has myriad advantages in Los Angeles, for David Cardona, experience — 10 years of it — is finally paying off. The former engineer spent the last five years quietly building his business, catering to sophisticated clients and a handful of celebs with his simple, elegant eveningwear. But can Cardona also meet the needs of a wider market?
In a word: Yes. The collection he sent out proved he’s finally found the perfect balance between fresh styling and familiar classics, all tempered with his signature razor-sharp tailoring. There was plenty of silk twill and clean-cut charmeuse, and his sexy leathers skimmed the body. But it was the subtle details that really stood out. A beige suede skirt, for example, featured a dropped waistline that curved seductively around the hips, while a belted canvas motorcycle jacket topped a striped godet skirt that swished around the model’s knees as she walked the Pollack-like paint-splattered runway. Even in his sassier moments — a V-neck minidress covered in icy blue beads — he retained a certain refinement keeping the hemline at a more sophisticated than saucy height.
Eduardo Lucero: No girls allowed. While such a sign doesn’t mark Eduardo Lucero’s Beverly Boulevard atelier, it might as well. The Cuban-American designs with women in mind, particularly the Latina ideal who makes no apologies for being curvy and uber glam. Nor does he make apologies for loving a little beaded sparkle or plunging necklines or even the va-va-voom of red and hot pink played together. New to his liquid charmeuse or lacey diva gowns were handkerchief hems and plenty of strategically placed lace insets with red-carpet appeal. Even the looks that could work before sunset didn’t dare edge into casual, for example, an olive and tangerine floral blouse wrapped in a boned red corset. Pants, a widening category in Lucero’s repertoire, were flared or tapered and could easily fulfill other areas of a busy socialite’s life.
Martinmartin: Eric and Diane Moss Martin, husband and wife, have a reputation for their intensive methods of manipulating fabric. They do that "a twist here, a tuck there" thing really well, but it’s time to move on. At their show Sunday night, they showed many of the same pieced T-shirts, layered, raw-edged skirts and fencing-style jackets that they’ve been doing for seasons. Still, the designers’ stoic palette of black, white and olive suited the pretty long, silk charmeuse slipdresses, one with a tres-glam loop of fabric at the hem to hook around the wrist — the better to negotiate the red carpet. The slim pants were great, too, as well as the blouson jackets shown with cuffed cargo pants and the olive minimalist jumpsuit. But it’s definitely time to retire all those jackets with tricky cutouts in the back.
Tree: On a rooftop above Hollywood Boulevard and L.A.’s urban sprawl, design duo Beverly Klein and Theresa McAllen created a whimsical forest with slide-projected sorbet-hued leaves, green turf and tree stumps — the perfect backdrop to their pretty spring lineup. They dolled up beige suits with candy-colored embroidery, trimmed girly handpainted silk dresses in ribbons and slipped a delicate Twenties dress over culottes. While some of it looked a tad familiar, for the most part, these are just the sort of clothes any flirty girl-at-heart would love.
Petro Zillia: Inspiration may have started with cutesy vintage figurines but it took a turn somewhere, and the results looked like Heidi on acid. Yosi Drori and Nony Tochterman, the husband-and-wife duo behind Petro Zillia, have always relished nuclear color and graphic patterns, qualities not enough of their peers fully embrace — even Angelenos love black, after all. But there’s no getting around the fact after several seasons in the limelight, folkloric ruffles and tiers no longer feel fresh. Still, shown to the strains of blaring Brazilian pop, there was something infectious about the sweet, pretty drawstring skirts with multicolored frills peeking out beneath their hems, the flirty sundresses and the ruffled patchwork mini worn with a striped boatneck sweater.
@margotrobbie steps out onto the red carpet wearing @miumiu. The actress is nominated for “Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Leading Role” in “I, Tonya” at the #SagAwards. (📷: Stewart Cook) #wwdfashion
For @massimogiorgetti of @msgm, the Nineties are his favorite decade. “They had a huge impact on my personal growth. What I like of the Nineties is that they are not so precise in terms of style as other decades…there was actually a bit of everything,” he said. As seen on MSGM’s Spring 2018 show: tie-dye and a bit of grunge, two styles that are synonymous with the decade #wwdfashion #wwddecades (📷: @kukukuba)
Breaking News: @hedislimane joins @celine as its new artistic, creative and image director. One of fashion’s preeminent image-makers and trendsetters, Slimane is to join the LVMH brand on Feb. 1 and unveil his first fashion proposition for men and women next September during Paris Fashion Week. It marks a major homecoming for Slimane, who cemented his reputation – and influenced men’s tailoring for more than a decade – as the designer of Dior Homme between 2000 and 2007. He went on to reinvent and ignite the house of Yves Saint Laurent, which he rechristened Saint Laurent, between 2012 and 2016 – all the while maintaining a close relationship with the Arnault family, which controls LVMH and Dior. Read the full exclusive story on WWD.com. Link in bio. #wwdnews #wwdfashion
“Personally I believe the Eighties have been the richest and more vivacious period for international fashion,” Giorgio Armani said when asked what his favorite decade of fashion is. It was a moment of disruption and experimentation and only thinking back to the first years of that decade is always an emotion for me, for what they have meant to me and my work.” The influence is clear in @giorgioarmani spring 2018 collection, pictured here, which was full of bright colors and unexpected prints. Read more about which decades designers loved most on WWD.com #wwdfashion #wwddecades (📷: @aitorrosasphoto)
For Lady Gaga’s only Italian show on her “Joanne World Tour,” the singer wore a range of @versace_official outfits. The standout piece: this custom-made bodysuit inspired by the brand’s spring 2018 collection. #wwdfashion (RG: @ladygaga)
@_camillaruth_ is expanding on the wellness-craze concept with @westbourne – a new NYC restaurant that’s both a healthy-minded café as well as a business that gives back to the community. Marcus works with the Robin Hood foundation to give back to The Door, a non-profit providing youth development services, and also hires employees through The Door. Read our full interview with Marcus on giving back through food on WWD.com. #wwdeye (📷: @lexieblacklock)